It’s not all Valentine’s Day this weekend — but it’s mostly Valentine’s Day.
Victorians After Dark: Love and Lust in the 19th Century
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.
If you want to add a gothic twist to your Valentine’s, try this talk. It’ll be filled with tales of romance (and romantic scandal) from the supposedly prudish Victorian era. There’s even, we’re told, a sexting scandal of sorts. The storytelling takes places before a fire promised to be roaring, with a dessert and cocktail reception afterwards.
‘Let the Right One In’
Friday and Saturday
2023 Sansom St.
Philadelphia Film Society screens this creepy 2008 Swedish horror-romance, whose weird yet potent mix of young love and murder speaks to the confusion of adolescence, when you’re caught between a vanishing childhood and an adulthood that’s not quite arrived yet. It would be a curse indeed to be stuck forever as a 13 year old, as the vampire heroine Eli is — so awkward!
The Art of the Flirt
Friday, 6 p.m.
Square One Coffee
249 S. 13th St.
All alone this Valentine’s? Maybe you’ll fare better next year after these tips on wooing a would-be lover from local relationship coach and matchmaking expert Kristi Price. Pro tip, though: don’t tell your potential mate that you attended the class. Play it cool! If you want to attend, you’ll have to register online at the address above.
From PhilaHarmonia, with Love: Serenading the Senses
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine St.
PhilHarmonia presents an a cappella Valentine’s-themed concert, promising a program of works ranging from Monteverdi to the Who. That’s pretty comprehensive! But sound isn’t the only sense to be serenaded, so there’s also a chocolate tasting from Teuscher chocolates, and for the eyes, there’s the venue itself, a glorious late 19th century Romanesque revival church.
Thursday through Saturday
3680 Walnut St.
Black Grace is a dance ensemble from New Zealand that brings together the diverse indigenous traditions of the South Pacific and mixes it with hip-hop, modern dance to create an deeply physical, narrative dance experience, informed in part by some of the members’ former lives as athletes. They’ll perform five pieces: “Minoi,” “Pati Pati,” “Mother Mother,” “Method” and “Gathering Clouds.”